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THE LATEST DATA ABOUT WORKERS COMP

The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board is an association of insurance companies that collects data about the workers’ compensation system, files proposed insurance costs with the New York State Department of Financial Services, and publishes research and reports.  Each year, the Rating Board issues a “State of the System” report with a wealth of […]

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GET THE MOST OUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY

There’s an old joke about the weather:  everyone complains about it, but nobody does anything about it.  Social Security is a little bit like that:  almost everyone is covered by it, but almost no-one takes advantage of all of the tools it has to offer.             Social Security includes three different income programs and one […]

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VIRTUAL HEARINGS FOR WORKERS COMP

In early 2018 – two years before the COVID-19 pandemic and before anyone had heard of Zoom – the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board launched a “virtual hearing” program that allowed judges, injured workers, and attorneys to appear remotely.  This virtual hearing program allowed the Board to continue to hold hearings on a regular […]

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WORKERS COMP BENEFITS PAYABLE AFTER DEATH

When a worker is killed on the job, workers’ comp death benefits are often available to a surviving spouse, children, or other family members.  The same is true when a workplace injury plays a role in a later death – even if it occurs months or years later.  But what if a someone with a […]

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FATIGUE AND WORKPLACE INJURIES

Sleep is a key to good health, but most people don’t get enough of it.  Not only is that bad for your general health, lack of sleep has also been linked to an increase in work-related injuries.  A survey taken by the National Safety Council (NSC) and Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative showed that fatigue […]

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EMPLOYER WORKERS’ COMP COSTS DROP AGAIN

Workers’ comp is not a significant cost for most employers.  In fact, three-quarters of New York’s employers pay less than $5,000 for their workers’ comp insurance, and 96% of New York’s employers pay less than $50,000 per year.  Not only is workers’ comp insurance a low cost way to provide significant worker benefits, in recent […]

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BIG COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT BY SOCIAL SECURITY

On October 13, 2021, the Social Security Administration announced a 5.9 Percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).  This is the largest COLA in forty years!  Increases in recent years have ranged from zero (in 2015) to 2.8% (2018). Why is the COLA so large this year?  The Social Security Act provides that the annual COLA […]

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WORKPLACE VIOLENCE: ON-THE-JOB ASSAULTS

Workplace violence is a leading cause of occupational injury.  Assaults can come from strangers, customers or patients, or even co-workers.  It’s important to recognize that injuries that result from an on-the-job assault can qualify for workers’ compensation benefits and what other benefits are available. From a workers’ compensation standpoint, injuries resulting from an assault are […]

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NEW YORK EXPANDS PAID FAMILY LEAVE

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill that expands New York State’s Paid Family Leave legislation to allow caring for siblings. Under the current law, employees cannot take leave to care for a sibling with a serious health condition. The new law adds to the Paid Family Leave legislation that was enacted in 2016, which […]

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DIESEL EXHAUST DEATH BILL SIGNED

On October 29, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill (drafted by Grey & Grey managing partner Robert Grey and prioritized by TWU Local 100) that opens a one-year claim-filing window for the spouses and children of workers who previously died of cancer related to occupational exposure to diesel exhaust. The genesis of this law […]

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